Highlander of the Month

  • Every month, each department selects and honors a student. At the Highlander of the Month reception, parents, students, and staff gather in the library to hear the accomplishments, contributions, and strengths of these outstanding Scots. If you know any of these young people or their families, congratulate them!

    September   |   October   |   November   |   December   |   January   |   February   |   March   |   April   |   May

  • February 2020

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    Art Ceiba Ybarra dynamic artist; jumps into projects with gusto and likes to explore; brings energy to work and class; sets tone of loving and pushing oneself in art
    AVID May Sy steady, calm, and organized; dependable; manages expectations, homework, peers, changes in schedule; keen listener; solid, positive example for peers
    Business/Industrial Tech William Bender takes every challenge thrown his way; leads by example; his daily contributions make class better and more collaborative
    Directed Studies Maddie Christopher making incredible progress in academics and personal growth; leader; looks for ways to connect and help others
    English Claire Beaumont as genuine as they come; never sacrifices high standards; keen listener and critical observer who raises the bar for her peers; ready smile
    FACSE Arthur Christopher enthusiastic learner; working overtime and putting in lots of extra effort; natural curiosity for body systems and quite possibly a medical career
    Mathematics Travis Kee comes every day with a great attitude, a strong work ethic, and readiness to learn; quality work that exceeds expectations; helps his peers
    PE/Health Miles Bleser brings energy and enthusiasm; gives extraordinary effort; amazing teammate; positive aura about him that is infectious to his classmates
    Science Isabella Brewer shows great application of scientific concepts; perseveres through challenges; invested in her own success as well as that of classmates
    Social Studies Abbie Krawczyk leader in every sense of the word; increases the level of enthusiasm for leaning in class; creative, loves to laugh; performs at high level
    World Languages MeiWei Corcoran-Sipe competent, reliable, intelligent, mature, tenacious; not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them; inspires others

    January 2020

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    Art Cynncear Easley dedicated to his art; takes artistic risks and pushes himself to new skill level; works hard to improve; sets tone of integrity in class
    AVID Marcio Reich epitome of individual determination; hard worker; embraces opportunity; balances drama and workload beautifully; never complains
    Business/Industrial Tech Ava Calpe exceeds expectations in areas like creativity, design, and unique solutions; great collaborator; future game developer
    Directed Studies Jessie Gigrich bright, hard-working who brings positivity to class; embraces the growth mindset; constantly strives to learn more
    English Alex Wu works hard and is interested in learning; active participant whose contributions are thoughtful and deepen the discussion; respected by all
    FACSE Canyon Hilgemann genuinely interested in health topics and applies knowledge; works hard, actively participates; sets positive example for others
    Mathematics Kai Crawford excels at all things Algebra 1; impacts the learning of others and always willing to help; role model; positively influences class
    Music Katherine Lee easily one of the most versatile musicians; consummate example of musicianship and citizenship; concertmaster and soloist
    PE/Health Grace Day the smile says it all; hard-working, competitive, driven individual with a warm, caring personality; never backs down from challenge
    Science Halle Bracher persistent, motivated student; always looking for challenge; attention to detail; kind, caring, and a great listener to her classmates
    Social Studies Jacob Rodriguez quietly brilliant; takes in everything, processes quickly, shares wisdom; sets the bar high; a gift for historical understanding
    World Languages Matthew Gardiner disciplined use of the target language even when others take the easy way out; skills far surpass expectations

    December 2019


    Art Amara Estrella optimistic smile; creates whimsical detailed work; open and flexible to changing direction or putting in extra effort
    AVID Manolo Ramos-Roque an active participant; listens and then responds thoughtfully; knows when it’s time to learn and be serious
    Business/Industrial Tech Ciaran Fleming dedicated, redoes work to perfection; creates professional, outstanding final product; is an example for all
    Directed Studies Bailey Wilson developed into a school leader; challenged herself to step out of her comfort zone while serving as an energetic MC
    English Saffron Choukri self-motivated, knows what’s needed and choices to make; maintains high grades; tenacious about getting resources
    FACSE Sam Hannaford a leader among leaders; positive and contributes with excellent insights and examples; highly regarded by classmates
    Mathematics Leslie Flores excellent math student; doesn’t shy away from a challenge; positive attitude and enjoys helping others
    Music Audrey Hamm focused, gives top effort, strives for her best, and achieves high standards; she remains balanced
    PE/Health Jovi Vespignani engaged, conveys her learning in a multitude of ways; adds to class discussions, and takes care of others
    Science Julia Francescutti extraordinarily bright and hard working; work is neat, detailed and impeccable; friendly and easy to work with
    Social Studies Abby Crum conscientious, hard-working, reliable, and intelligent; goes above expectations; fully commits to all her endeavors
    World Languages Annabelle Austin curious about other countries and cultures; asks tons of questions about grammar; real thirst for learning

    November 2019


    Art Katrina Fredericks works before school; creates detailed, intricate glazing designs; shows tenacity and eagerness to learn
    AVID Yabsera Legesse a leader and true learner; curious and analytical; helpful, encouraging and patient when supporting a peer
    Business/Industrial Tech Reza Athari-Nikoonejad continually ahead in robotics; completes work quickly and accurately; willing to help classmates
    Directed Studies Eugenio Baltazar-Atoyama supports others; persistent solution finder; accountable for his learning; involved in extra curriculars
    English Jazmin Austria-Ball willing to help others when they need it, quietly, without being asked, and without expecting recognition
    FACSE Oldin Rosales-Carmona engaged, helpful leader; an asset to the program; rely on his assistance during class; respected by classmates
    Mathematics Laraib Anjum makes sure she has a solid understanding; works on self-set goals everyday; kind and willing to work with others
    PE/Health Kyah Easton hard-working, enjoys the learning process, turns in thorough and thoughtful work, and elevates those around her
    Science MJ Powers mastery of scientific content; goes beyond requirements; impressive attention to detail; ensures everyone succeeds
    Social Studies Autumn Patchett-Sawabini has skills of a historian: patient, thorough, detailed, hard working, and critical; a natural leader
    World Languages Gray Liteky learned Spanish 2 ‘on the side’, and skipped the entire year. Now in Spanish 3, he is at the very top

    October 2019

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    Art Molly Grauer stealthy artist; works almost secretly building unique, imaginative artworks and then surprises with a masterpiece; goes above and beyond
    AVID Daisy Flores carries self with such confidence and fire; has revealed a humor and assertiveness; perseveres through challenges and sets the bar high for self
    Business/Industrial Tech Ayden Evans second half of great photography duo; capture interesting subjects; exceptional composition skills; artists
    Directed Studies Michael Arteaga kind-hearted; significant; improvements in every area; a friend to many; enjoys making others laugh and brightening days
    English Alea Gates passionate, curious, hilarious individual who is also supremely kind; a terrific asset to any group or class that of which she is a part
    FACSE Mariano Peña-Cruz leads by example with calm demeanor, impeccable manners, punctuality, and work ethic; goes above and beyond
    Mathematics Alondra Lanham leader; jumps in to help others understand, work hard and not give up; works hard at getting answers and concepts
    PE/Health Jesse Henderson has shown tremendous growth; incredibly hard-working; challenges himself more than he ever has before
    Science Lila Milham creative and thoughtful student; thinks critically and pushes herself; has the tenacity and perseverance to ensure great success in high school
    Social Studies Erin Bernard critical mind, seeks challenge, attentive, disciplined, positive, patient; assists others with persistent, warm, brutally sincerity
    World Languages Kathryn Rochleau-Rice not only adjusted quickly to SC but excels in class; dedicated and puts forth great effort; pleasure to have in class

    September 2019

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    Art Arielle Piteo-Tarpy dedicated artist; works hard and challenges herself; develops artwork that is meaningful; focus on relevant social issues
    AVID MJ Atendido energetic and positive attitude; has an eagerness and sincerity about him that attracts others; takes initiative; determined, authentic
    Business/Industrial Tech Ayden Blumhagen second half of great photography duo; capture interesting subjects; exceptional composition skills; artists
    Directed Studies Karl Stenerson participating in a variety of functional academics; has made a huge impact on staff; admirable hard-working, playful spirit
    English Satchel McKee brings a curiosity everyday, livens the room with quirkiness and humor; always contributes insight and brings his best self everyday
    FACSE Youstina Gendy has become a dedicated student; tremendous growth in so many ways; ready for a strong year
    Mathematics Cole Smith thoughtful and supportive; amazing leader who furthers learning of the group; always has a kind word to say; strives to be his best
    Music Zoe Reay-Ellers immersing herself in the musical world by being a part of several programs; eager for a challenge and seeks feedback to further improve
    PE/Health Kenny Anderson happy to be in class; works as hard as he can, encourages others while respecting their differences in fitness levels; true Scot!
    Science Danait Kidane a diligent student who does not shy away from challenge, has tenacity and work ethic for great success, cares deeply for others
    Social Studies Rowen Barrett positive and welcoming; great sense of humor; works well with others; consistent work ethic; natural aptitude; leader
    World Languages Lucia Carli dedicated, engaged, and sets a good example for fellow classmates; well adjusted in high school and a knack for language